peach


peach
{{11}}peach (n.) late 12c., from O.Fr. pesche (O.N.Fr. peske, Fr. pêche), from M.L. pesca, from L.L. pessica, variant of persica "peach, peach tree," from L. malum Persicum "Persian apple," from Gk. Persikon malon, from Persis "Persia." The tree is native to China, but reached Europe via Persia. By 1663 William Penn observed peaches in cultivation on American plantations. Meaning "attractive woman" is attested from 1754; that of "good person" is from 1904. Peaches and cream in reference to a type of complexion is from 1901. Georgia has been the Peach State since 1939.
{{12}}peach (v.) "to inform against," 1560s (earlier "to accuse, indict, bring to trial," mid-15c.), aphetic of appeach, an obsolete variant of IMPEACH (Cf. impeach).

Etymology dictionary. 2014.